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Lillian here – delighted to host today’s Poetics. We’ve had some beautiful days this summer in Boston, when we can turn off the AC and open our windows to let the breeze in. And that started me thinking about windows . . . 

  • I grew up in a house with a large “picture window.”
  • As a young girl, I loved going “window shopping” with my best friends.
  • I found Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller movie Rear Window very disturbing!
  • “Can you move, please? You make a better door than a window.”
  • “Oh that’s just window dressing!”
  • And for the communication teachers/folks out there, the Johari’s Window Theory is a technique used to understand one’s relationship with others and with one’s self.

So, here’s what I’d like you to do today!
Walk around your house or apartment. Take your camera/phone with you. Take a photo of the view from your window; of the window itself; or look at your window from the outside; or look into your window. Write a poem that is somehow related to that window/view. Try to include the word “window” either in the title or body of the poem. Your window-poem may take you someplace metaphorically; describe what you see; or cause you to ruminate. Let your imagination dwell “in the window” and then take off from there! If you find this prompt too personal, find a window-photo in public domain and create your poem from that.

Your post should include two things:
1) a photo/image of your window or window view (inside or outside)

2) your poem that includes the word “window” in the title or the text.


As always, please do observe the “rules of conduct” for dVerse – and for those of you new to dVerse, here’s what we hope everyone does 

  • Write a window-poem as the prompt suggests and post it, with your photo, to your blog.
  • Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and enter the direct URL to your poem
  • On your blog, please provide a link back to dVerse: perhaps a statement at the end of the poem indicating this prompt and linking to dVerse. Others us dVerse as a tag as well. This enables more folks to view our prompts, and thus increases the readers of your poems too.
  • If you promote your poem on social media, use the tag #dverse poets
  • And most importantly, please do stop by to read responses to the prompt and add a short comment or reaction. Everyone likes to be appreciated! The prompt is “live” for several days – as you’ll notice by the comments you’ll receive – so do stop by several times, and read some of the latecomers too!